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All About Eve (1950)

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October 5, 1999

October 13, 1950

$2.9 million (US rentals)



Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Darryl F. Zanuck

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (writer)

Erich Kästner dialogue: German version (uncredited)

Mary Orr story "The Wisdom of Eve" (uncredited)

Alfred Newman (Original Music)

Edward B. Powell (orchestrator) (as Edward Powell)

Alfred Newman (musical director) (uncredited)

Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)

Barbara McLean

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

United States


21 Club - 21 West 52nd Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (exterior)

5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (Eve with award in apartment)

Curran Theater - 445 Geary Street, San Francisco, California, USA

John Golden Theater - 252 West 45th Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (exterior)

Shubert Theater - 247 College Street, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (exterior)

Stage 11, 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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The Academy Awards

1951 Won Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role George Sanders

1951 Won Oscar Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Edith Head Charles Le Maire

1951 Won Oscar Best Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1951 Won Oscar Best Picture

1951 Won Oscar Best Sound, Recording

1951 Won Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Anne Baxter

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Bette Davis

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Celeste Holm

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Actress in a Supporting Role Thelma Ritter

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White Lyle R. Wheeler, George W. Davis,Thomas Little, Walter M. Scott

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Milton R. Krasner

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Film Editing Barbara McLean

1951 Nominated Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Alfred Newman

BAFTA Awards

1951 Won BAFTA Film Award Best Film from any Source USA.

Bodil Awards

1952 Won Bodil Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) Joseph L. Mankiewicz (director)

Cannes Film Festival

1951 Won Best Actress Bette Davis

1951 Jury Special Prize Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1951 Nominated Grand Prize of the Festival Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Directors Guild of America

1951 Won DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Joseph L. Mankiewicz,Gaston Glass (assistant director) (plaque)

Golden Globe Awards

1951 Won Golden Globe Best Screenplay Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1951 Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama

1951 Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama Bette Davis

1951 Nominated Golden Globe Best Motion Picture Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1951 Nominated Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor George Sanders

1951 Nominated Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Thelma Ritter

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1952 Won Silver Ribbon Best Actress - Foreign Film (Miglior Attrice Straniera) Bette Davis

Kinema Junpo Awards

1952 Won Kinema Junpo Award Best Foreign Language Film Joseph L. Mankiewicz

National Film Preservation Board, USA

1990 National Film Registry

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1950 Won NYFCC Award Best Actress Bette Davis

1950 Won NYFCC Award Best Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1950 Won NYFCC Award Best Film

PGA Awards

1997 Won PGA Hall of Fame - Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America, USA

1951 Won WGA Award (Screen) Best Written American Comedy Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1951 Nominated WGA Award (Screen) Best Written American Drama Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Marilyn Monroe In All About Eve All About Eve 1950 Bette Davis,Marilyn Monroe And George Sanders In All About Eve

Marilyn Monroe
Bette Davis
George Sanders
Anne Baxter Celeste Holm Gary Merrill Hugh Marlowe Thelma Ritter Gregory Ratoff Barbara Bates

Walter Hampden Randy Stuart Craig Hill Leland Harris Barbara White Eddie Fisher William Pullen Claude Stroud Eugene Borden Steven Geray

From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington (Ann Baxter) is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (Gary Merrill), her playwright (Hugh Marlowe) and his wife (Celeste Holm).

For the film's Hollywood premiere at the Grauman's Chinese Theater, the neighboring Hotel Roosevelt blanked out most of its neon letters to simply spell out EVE.

Darryl F. Zanuck changed the working title "Best Performance" to "All About Eve" after reading one of Addison DeWitt's lines in the opening narration of the script.

As a result of Marilyn's performance in “The Asphalt Jungle”, Johnny Hyde persuaded director Joseph Mankiewicz to cast her in a small but significant role in All About Eve.

Celeste Holm spoke about her experience with Bette Davis on the first day of shooting: "I walked onto the set . . . on the first day and said, 'Good morning,' and do you know her reply? She said, 'Oh shit, good manners.' I never spoke to her again – ever."

Celeste Holm was initially irritated by Marilyn’s habitual lateness in showing up on the set but this did not cloud the opinion of Russian character actor Gregory Ratoff. Holm recalled, “About the third day, Mr. Ratoff said, ‘That girl is going to be beeg star! I said, ‘Why, because she keeps everyone waiting?’ And he said, ‘No, she has a quality’. Well, I saw this soft vulnerable quality, but I didn’t know how much will was behind it, I didn’t know how much drive”.

Claudette Colbert was originally cast as Margo Channing, but suffered a ruptured disc during filming on Three Came Home and had to withdraw. Bette Davis stepped into the role, even though 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck and Davis couldn't stand each other, going back to when Davis walked out from her post as president of the Motion Picture Academy in 1941.

Bette Davis filmed all of her scenes in 16 days.

Bette Davis' marriage to William Grant Sherry was in the throes of breaking up while she was making the film. Her raspy voice in the film is largely due to the fact that she burst a blood vessel in her throat from screaming at her soon-to-be-ex-husband during one of their many rows. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz liked the croaky quality so he didn't have Davis change it.

Bette Davis admitted later on that Joseph L. Mankiewicz's casting her in this movie saved her career from oblivion after a series of unsuccessful movies. She said in a 1983 interview, "He resurrected me from the dead."

Bette Davis fell in love with her co-star Gary Merrill during the shoot of this movie and the two married in July 1950 a few weeks after filming was completed. They adopted a baby girl, whom they named Margot.

George Sanders and Marilyn reportedly had an affair during the making of the picture, though he was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor, the second of his four wives.

Zsa Zsa Gabor kept arriving on the set because she was jealous of her husband George Sanders in his scenes with the young blonde ingénue Marilyn Monroe.

Although he received screen credit, actor Eddie Fisher's scene was cut before the film's release.

All About Eve holds the record for the film with the greatest number of female acting Oscar nominations.

20th-Century Fox paid Mary Orr $5,000 for all rights to "The Wisdom of Eve".

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 8, 1951 with Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders reprising their film roles.

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 1, 1951 with Bette Davis and Gary Merrill reprising their film roles.

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Margo Channing: Fasten your seat-belts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

Birdie: All of a sudden she's playing Hamlet's mother.

Claudia Caswell: You won't bore him, honey. You won't even get a chance to talk.

Addison DeWitt: I'm Addison DeWitt. I'm nobody's fool, least of all yours.

Addison DeWitt: You're maudlin and full of self-pity. You're magnificent!

Addison DeWitt: While you wait you can read my column. It'll make minutes fly like hours.

Bill Sampson: Wherever there's magic and make-believe and an audience, there's theatre.

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While Phoebe is looking at herself in the mirror during the final scene, a crew member sitting on a crane is visible for a few seconds at the top of the shot.

In the first scene just as the camera pulls away from the award plaque, the dolly tracks are visible on the floor.

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A fine Darryl Zanuck production, excellent music and on air ultra-class complete the superior satire. Reviewed by: Bosley Crowther of The New York Times.

...a classic of the American cinema – to this day the quintessential depiction of ruthless ambition in the entertainment industry, with legendary performances from Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders anchoring one of the very best films from one of Hollywood's very best Golden Era filmmakers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It is a film that belongs on every collector's shelf – whether on video or DVD. It is a classic that deserves better than what Fox has given it. Reviewed by: Box Office.

The movie's strength and weakness is Anne Baxter, whose Eve lacks the presence to be a plausible rival to Margo, but is convincing as the scheming fan. When Eve understudies for Margo and gets great reviews, Mankiewicz wisely never shows us her performance; better to imagine it, and focus on the girl whose look is a little too intense, whose eyes a little too focused, whose modesty is somehow suspect. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times.

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